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Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group July 2014 Newsletter -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------My eTwinning Journey by David Ceiriog-Hughes I started eTwinning in 2010 with a general studies project called “My favourite work of art”. This gave me the enthusiasm and motivation to attempt other projects with my language classes and also with the general studies classes that I teach. I have taught French, German and general studies at Winchester College, the oldest school in England, since 1989. I teach pupils aged 14-18 and am also coordinator for European projects. In this brief article I would like to analyse three aspects of eTwinning: what it can do for teachers, what it can do for pupils and how it can be used to develop other links. The teachers Teachers can use eTwinning to motivate their pupils, to make other European cultures a vibrant and realistic part of classroom life. They can also be helped through webinars to upgrade their own digital competences. After doing a couple of projects, I realised that I needed to equip myself with the ICT skills needed to complete projects of a higher quality, so I applied for and was lucky enough to receive a grant to attend a summer course in Malta run by Smart Solutions, which was an enriching experience and can be highly recommended. It was a wonderful opportunity to engage with eTwinners from all over Europe and to tailor the course to my own needs. After a prize winning project, “Joyce, Svevo and Trieste”, which won a European Quality Label, I was invited to become an ambassador and to deliver training on behalf of our national agency, the British Council. I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to share my interests and enthusiasm with other colleagues, and I feel that eTwinning provides us with a professional and pedagogical support group that is very valuable for ongoing professional development. The pupils My pupils have the opportunity to become familiar with other European cultures, to realise that we have more in common than sets us apart and to improve their own digital and ICT skills. They also get to improve their communication skills, both in their own and other languages. A recent project that I finished, “In the steps of Brancusi”, with Colegiul National Stefan Velovan in Craiova, led to a visit by 12 pupils to the city of Craiova to look at the sculptor’s works. What follows is a photograph that shows our group at Brancusi’s house in Hobita: And this is teacher Simona Cerasela Bocai accompanied by me at the Endless Column: A return visit by Romanian pupils will take place this autumn. The pupils have exchanged regularly and are now firm friends, despite being some 2000 kilometres apart. What has enabled this? eTwinning, and the constant encouragement of their teachers. This project can be viewed on Issuu.com as http://issuu.com/brancusi/docs/in_the_steps_of_br ancusi_sur_les_pa. Other links The eTwinning projects that I have undertaken have led to class visits, job shadowing visits, pupil and teacher exchanges with Trieste and Craiova. In almost every case, the synergy between the committed teachers involved in eTwinning means that it is just the first step. At Winchester we have now established memoranda of understanding with 10